California YIMBY is seeking part-time Policy Consultants to assist in the creation of our long-range policy framework for California. Policy Consultants will work with the Policy Director to develop a research plan for the policy framework, assemble and review the relevant literature, and produce draft recommendations for the framework.

The long-range framework is intended to serve as California YIMBY’s comprehensive statement on how California can create vibrant, livable, and inclusive communities for everyone. Because the framework will include recommendations related to a wide range of policy areas—including housing production, tenant protections, transportation, and government reform—policy consultants should be intellectually omnivorous. But at this stage in the framework process, we are particularly interested in recruiting people with a deep knowledge of one or more of the following areas:

  • Building codes, both in California and internationally.
  • Tenant protections.
  • RHNA and other models for aligning local planning with statewide housing goals.
  • CEQA and the intersection between climate and housing policy.
  • Housing finance, including LIHTC, project based vouchers, and expanding opportunities for homeownership.
  • Transportation policy.

The Policy Consultant position is part-time (approximately 15-20 hours per week) and compensated hourly. Policy Consultants will be expected to track the time they spend working on the framework and submit monthly invoices. The position is ideally suited to current graduate students or freelance journalists, but no formal training is required and applicants with nontraditional work backgrounds are welcome.

Location: Position is fully remote

Salary: $50 per hour, 15-20 hours per week


California YIMBY is a statewide housing advocacy organization dedicated to ending the housing shortage and making California an affordable place for everyone to live, work, and raise a family. California YIMBY is not a traditional non-profit: we reject the policy and political status-quo and work to realize fundamental evidence-based change to California’s housing policies, which would benefit tens-of-millions of people. Founded in 2017, California YIMBY has redefined the national housing debate by sponsoring transformative legislation like SB 50, and has helped draft and pass 12 bills that broke down exclusionary barriers and will enable millions of new homes to be built.

Come join our movement and help transform the built environment of the world’s fifth-largest economy, and enable millions of people to benefit from the economic and social mobility that only abundant, affordable, and well-located housing can provide. Together, we can put California back on a path of broad-based economic prosperity, and create vibrant, inclusive, and livable communities for everyone.


Diversity. Equity. Inclusion.

These are not just words at California YIMBY. These values are key to furthering our mission to make California an affordable place to live, work, and raise a family. Representation matters, especially in our work to end the housing crisis. A crisis that, by design, continues to disproportionately impact communities of color. To address that historic and ongoing inequity, we are building a YIMBY movement that reflects California’s rich diversity and we actively seek diverse candidates with broad professional and lived experience.  

California YIMBY is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. California YIMBY recruits, hires, trains, promotes, compensates, and administers all personnel actions without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation. California YIMBY will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


Responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting the Policy Director in developing a research agenda and work plan for chapters of the framework.
  • Conducting literature reviews related to policy areas covered by upcoming chapters of the framework.
  • Identifying and interviewing people with relevant subject matter expertise.
  • Developing recommendations for the framework in concert with the Policy Director.
  • Drafting recommendations and supplementary materials for the framework, including white papers and executive summaries.
  • Providing editorial support to the Policy Director.

Qualified candidates will have a deep interest in urban policy, sharp writing and analytical skills, and a strong commitment to California YIMBY’s core values.


Please submit your resume, cover letter, and 2-3 pieces for which you were the sole or principal author to jobs@cayimby.org with the subject line “Policy Consultant application.”